THE International Police Organisation, INTERPOL, has issued a “Red Notice” on Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman, pension reform task force, who is believed to be out of the country.
The notice will enable relevant security agencies to arrest Maina in any part of the world.
A statement by Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said Maina had been declared wanted for his alleged role in the fraudulent biometric contracts through which he and Steve Oronsaye, former head of service as well as two others allegedly mismanaged more than N2 billion pension funds.
Maina, was, on July 21, 2015, charged with Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited at a Federal High Court on a 24-count of procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
Whereas Oronsaye and two others were in court and pleaded not guilty, Maina had been at large.
However, when the court heard the bail applications of the accused on July 21, Maina, through Esther Uzoma, his counsel, told the court that he was not at large, claiming that the EFCC never invited him.
Despite the excuse, Maina has refused to come out from his hideout or submit himself for trial. Some reports claimed that he was in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, while others said that he was still in the country.
The situation must have prompted the EFCC to engage the INTERPOL to track him down.
— Feb 2, 2016 @ 13:30 GMT